Jacob's Ladder question

Lynn Nevins

I bought a small Jacob's Ladder plant....maybe 2-3 months ago. Potted it in a larger pot.

I did see a few small flowers at one point but...then the plant seemed to get a little 'stagnant'...wasn't seeing much in the way of overall growth...or more flowers... I see some small buds but they've been that way for a while now...

In addition, the plant has two new stems with leaves that are noticeably much larger in size (in center of photo and at right side of photo), than the rest of the plant's leaves.

Any ideas what may be going on?

Thanks!

hmmmm...not sure what's going on...I'm trying to attach photo but 'nothing' happens...it simply doesn't get attached....no error message either.... I've attached photos successfully before, so the site must have a temporary bug...

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Lynn Nevins

....still can't upload pix for some reason, so here it is on my FB page.... Thanks.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157184421755294&set=pb.751595293.-2207520000.1466451250.&type=3&theater

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

Lynn, is there any specific reason why this plant is being held in a pot? Would likely do much better in the ground.

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Lynn Nevins

In answer to your question, I only have a balcony on which to do my gardening.... ;-) I live in NYC.

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WoodsTea 6a MO(6a)

I wonder if the newer, larger leaves are a result of different conditions on your balcony than where the plant was before. Fertilizer, more light, etc.

Any possibility that there are two different plants there? I find this happens sometimes with plants I buy from nurseries. It's a little hard to tell without higher resolution photos of the plant. Do the stems look similar? Is the leaf venation similar?

What are the conditions like on your balcony? Does it get much sun, and how hot would you say it gets in the afternoons?

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wisconsitom(Zone 4/5)

Got it. Some species have juvenile foliage and then, mature foliage as the plant grows. I'm not sufficiently well-versed on Polemonium to know whether this is such a case. But it's out there.

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dstenerson

I have overwintered young Jacob'Ladders in pots when I ran out of time to prepare a area for planting, and have often seen the larger leaves on new growth like that. They do bloom in early spring, and I have never seen any re-bloom later in the season. Fortunately, the seed-heads are also quite attractive, as is the foliage of course. Also, they seem to overwinter easily, I rarely lose any, so maybe it will be happy enough growing in a pot. It's a shame you don't have a place to plant them so it looks like mine, though!



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